Marseille formerly known as Massalia is the second largest as well oldest city in France. It forms the third largest metropolitan area after Paris and Lyon. Situated on the south east coast of France facing the Mediterranean Sea, Marseille has become France’s largest and most important commercial port. As of latest measurement the city of Marseille has a total population of 1,7 million people.
The rise of Marseille as a travel destination cannot be ignored, since 1998 the number of tourists has grown every year. Some may say the “World Cup effect” increased the number of tourists. But we think otherwise. Travelers wouldn’t go back to a city if they didn’t like it in the first place. It’s ever changing city center is fascinating as it offers fashion malls, cinemas and theaters, shopping facilities, music, concerts and hosts many congresses. Also cultural and historical sightseeing are available around city center, so without abandoning any of its history, Marseille presents itself as a modern European city of today.
Some of the things every traveler should have done, being in Marseille include visiting the Basilique Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde a historical iconic church, Musée d’Histoire de Marseille a museum about the history of Marseille, Plage du Prado and Plage de la Corniche the shores of Marseille, Cathédrale de la Major one of the largest cathedrals of Europe, Musée de la Faïence a museum from the 18th century.
Travelers to Marseille need a valid passport and visa. American citizens can visit without a visa for up to 90 days. Marseille is a good destination any day of the year, the city offers besides regular tourist attractions many concerts, theater shows and ballets throughout the year. The summer time and its peak season are in the months May till August.